Direct work in the landscape is central to my practice. The environments within which I work currently include Devon, The Isle of Purbeck along The Jurassic Coast and the North West Highlands of Scotland. Antarctica holds enduring significance. Each site has its own palette and demands something particular of me… at times I integrate colour (gouache, acrylic or watercolour) with what is available in the landscape and at others the found material offers all. When painting with material ‘of the place’ I feel a narrowing of the separation between it’s transience and my own. By grubbing around for my tools and pigments I make discoveries about a place that I might otherwise miss. If I return, even a day later, a different set of possibilities arise because I’m different and I’m encountering matter, water, light and air that continually fluctuate.
CV & Education
about Frances Hatch
Frances was born and raised in the fenland village of Littleport in the Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire. She currently lives near Bridport in West Dorset, her home is a short walk from The Jurassic Coast. By the time she left home for University – chosen for its location by the sea – she had already established her plein air practice of painting.
After the post graduate Art Teachers’ Course at Goldsmiths she received funding from The Crafts Council and became an apprentice with Ann Brunskill at The Worlds End Press in Wapping. She then became Head of History of Art and Art at North Foreland Lodge School in Hampshire. After seven years in the post, realizing that the full-time teaching commitment left insufficient space to develop her practice, she returned as a mature student to complete an MA at Wimbledon School of art.
Since then her determination to keep her life spacious enough to grow her art practice has remained. Her next post was part time teaching at degree level at La Sainte Union in Southampton, and from 1990 Frances has been Senior Tutor at West Dean College.
”Any ‘teaching’ I commit to needs to spring from a personal living out of a creative life. I don’t think I would be much help otherwise”.
C.C.A.T. (Cambridge) Foundation Course 1973-74
Aberystwyth University College of Wales - Hons degree in French and Visual Art 1974-78
Auditrice Libre, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Nantes 1976
Goldsmiths’ College, A.T.C. 1978-79
Wimbledon College of Art: Postgraduate- MA Printmaking 1986-89
Selected recent exhibitions:
DRAWN TO ANTARCTICA: Babylon Gallery, Ely 2011. solo
DRAWN TO ANTARCTICA: The Blue Gallery, Brantwood, Cumbria 2012. solo
DRAWN TO ANTARCTICA: Gilbert White's House and The Oates Collection 2012. solo
MATTER ARISING: The David West Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 2011. solo
RWA: 159th & 161st ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION, Bristol. 2011+ 2013 + 2015
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, Hampstead and Battersea. 2011 + 2012 + 2013
MILLFIELD OPEN, Atkinson gallery, Street. July 2012 + 2013
St BARBE MUSEUM, Lymington. 2013
THE RUSSELL COTES MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY. September/ October 2013. solo
THE ING DISCERNING EYE EXHIBITION, Mall Galleries, London. 2013 +2015
LYNN PAINTER-STAINERS PRIZE. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London. 2014+2016
KEVIS HOUSE GALLERY. Lombard Street, Petworth. 2014+ 2015
WORKS ON PAPER FAIR, LONDON. 2015+2016
SLADERS YARD, West Bay, Dorset. 2015
Bath and West Show 2005 (1st Prize), 2007 (2nd prize), 2008 (past winners show)
Pallant House, Chichester ‘In House’ 2008 1st Prize
Lyme Open 2008 (2nd Prize)
Exploratory Laboratory (ExLAB) Research Bursary 2012
Research Grant. Gatehouse Gallery, Guernsey. March 2016
KUBE, Poole. 2009
PAVILLION DANCE, Bournemouth 2011 + 2012
DURLSTON COUNTRY PARK NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE. Swanage 2014
SOIL CULTURE RESIDENCY at The Eden Project: shortlist. August 2014
ANTARCTICA ENCORE: Bournemouth University (with Europa String Choir) 2010 (performance)
FROZEN ORCHESTRAS LIVE in Whitchurch Canonicorum, 2011. Poole: 2012 (performance with Udo Dzierzanowski and Cathy Stevens (musicians), Elisabeth Bletsoe, poet)
ANTARCTICA CONFERENCE, The Australian National University, Canberra. Contribution (in absentia) by Frozen Orchestras of Lost Sound: 26-29 June 2011.
Contribution to publications:
Missal Birds: origami microbook printed by Steve Hitchens poems by Elisabeth Bletsoe. (illustrations)
Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings. Artevents, 2010. (at the invitation of Elisabeth Bletsoe, poet)
Artist and Illustrators Magazine, Featured Contributor. January 2014 issue.
40 Artist Educator Project. Commissioned by Access Art. November 2014
Drawing and Painting: Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists
Kate Wilson, Thames and Hudson, UK. February 2015
The Artist’s Everything Handbook: a New Guide to Drawing and Painting
Kate Wilson, Harper Design, USA. February 2015
EARTH- (with Sladers Yard) May 2015